China Eastern to up frequency on Shanghai Pudong-London Gatwick service

5 Oct 2019 by Jackie Chen
China Eastern Boeing 777-300ER

China Eastern will boost frequency on its Shanghai Pudong-London Gatwick service from October 27 this year.

The Shanghai-based carrier launched the Shanghai Pudong-London Gatwick route in December 2018. Currently, the airline is using its Boeing 777-300ER to fly this route three times weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From October 27, the airline will increase the frequency of this service to daily.

What’s more, China Eastern also flies daily between Shanghai Pudong and London Heathrow, using a Boeing 777-300ER as well. As a result, China Eastern will from then on operate two daily flights between Shanghai and London.

Here is the full schedule of China Eastern’s revised Shanghai-London service from October 27, 2019:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
MU201 Shanghai Pudong (PVG) London Gatwick (LGW) 0125 0620 Monday, Saturday
0125 0630 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
MU202 London Gatwick (LGW) Shanghai Pudong (PVG) 1150 0730 (+1) Friday
1210 0800 (+1) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
1225 0810 (+1) Wednesday
MU551 Shanghai Pudong (PVG) London Heathrow (LHR) 1300 1730 Daily
MU552 London Heathrow (LHR) Shanghai Pudong (PVG) 2100 1635 (+1)
Air China A350-900 aircraft

In other news, another Chinese carrier Air China has announced the launch of its new Shanghai Pudong-London Gatwick service on November 2, after the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) approved the new route in early August. The Chinese flag carrier will use its A350-900 aircraft to fly this route four times a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The proposed schedule of Air China’s new service is shown below:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
CA847 Shanghai Pudong (PVG) London Gatwick (LGW) 0105 0555 Saturday
0130 0620 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
CA848 London Gatwick (LGW) Shanghai Pudong (PVG) 1130 0645 (+1) Wednesday, Saturday
1140 0645 (+1) Tuesday, Thursday

Other airlines that operate regular flights between Shanghai and London include Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.

Virgin Atlantic flies daily between Shanghai Pudong and London Heathrow with a Boeing 787-9; while in addition to a daily service, British Airways also operates an extra three-times-weekly flight between Shanghai Pudong and London Heathrow, all operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft.

That is to say, there will be at least four and up to six daily flights connecting the two cities from this November. /

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